PM Deuba reshuffles cabinet, Maoist Ministers without portfolios

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Tuesday has reshuffled his cabinet.

PM Deuba, who exerted pressure on CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to ask resignation from his ministers, adjusted them without any portfolios in the incumbent government.

Deuba has taken Home Affairs, General Administration, Ministry of Livestock Development from Maoist Ministers.

He has also appointed Rastriya Prajatantra Party Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa as Minister for Energy today itself.

Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Democratic leader Deepak Bohara, who was appointed as Minister for Science and Technology has been assigned the duties of Minister for Health.

PM Deuba appointed RPP leaders Jayant Chand as Minister for Supplies, Dilanath Giri as Minister for Urban Development, Bikram Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Women, Children and Social welfare.

Earlier, these Ministries were headed by CPN-Maoist Centre leaders.

Meanwhile, PM Deuba appointed Bhaskar Bhadra, Sushil Kumar Shrestha and Kanta Bhattrai as State Ministers to the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Supplies and Ministry of Woman, Children and Social Welfare respectively.

It has been leaned that Maoist Ministers were about to quit the government, however, they changed their mind after getting information that PM Deuba was about to postpone upcoming elections.

Meanwhile, the Maoist Ministers have decided not to leave the government until the elections are held on time.